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The Common Room / Entering same man with two names and two families at same time
« on: Tuesday 20 November 18 14:01 GMT (UK)  »
I have a man who used two different names whilst maintaining two families at the same time. Must admire his stamina but it is a pain not knowing what to do with him on an ancestry tree.  I have no problem with recording this on my PC but wonder what to do with him on the ancestry tree which is public.  Joe lived with my grand aunt at weekends and fathered three boys with no living descendants at this time.  However, his weekday family under his real name appears on several trees on ancestry so presumably there are descendants who are unaware of their weekend relatives. If I include his real name on my anc tree as an alternative then this could be picked up by a descendant.  Personally this would not matter to me, it was over a century ago, but others could see it differently even after all this time.  Might add at this stage I am the sole custodian of this information, with no written evidence and as I am approaching my use by date then I need to decide what to do.

Cheers. Ed

Monday, July 31, 2017
In Flanders field

July 2017 marks the centenary of the Third battle of Ypres  By most definitions one of the bloodiest and controversial of all the dreadful battles of the First world war  By November the battle had gained very little for the allies but had cost the lives of close to a quarter of a million men, with debatably a similar number of German soldiers.

We shall be visiting the Tyne Cot Cemetery this October which is one of the largest of the Ypres salient. It contains the graves of 11,961 British and Commonwealth soldiers including close to 600 Australians, 450 Canadians and close to 200 from New Zealand. There is an astonishing number 8373 graves of men whose names are not known and whose headstone bears the inscription "A soldier of the great war.  Known unto God"   

There were over thirtyfive thousand men who were  never found or identified, most lost in the mud. Their names, including that of our grandfather Frederick Feston, at least are known and  are inscribed on a memorial wall 150 metres long.

War cemeteries like Tyne Cot are never easy to visit. They are not places of possible quiet contemplation like many a village churchyard in England.  The serried rows of stark white headstones appearing to stretch into the distance defy any attempt to view them without emotion even though they record events which occurred a century ago.

Europe / Finding a researcher in Cologne, Balthasar Dietz died in Cologne in 1856
« on: Monday 01 September 14 11:04 BST (UK)  »
I want to find a researcher in Cologne.

My GGgrandfather Balthasar Dietz died in Cologne in 1856 whilst on a journey from London to his home in Nordeck Hessen.
The death was reported to both the British Consul and to the Town Hall, but no cause of death was recorded by either.
I am hoping that if his death was accidental then there may be some newspaper record, so I would be prepared to pay for a researcher in Cologne (if its not too dear) to look of old records.

I have had no success with googling.

Does anyone have any suggestions ?


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Sadler Family at seaside
« on: Friday 22 August 14 11:18 BST (UK)  »
I think that I submitted this many years ago but now cannot find the results.
Would anyone care to tackle this task which I have found impossible.
thanks  Ed

The Common Room / Admons 1846
« on: Monday 04 November 13 12:15 GMT (UK)  »
This probably sounds daft or just careless.
I have the bare details of a admon in 1846 but now I want to check exactly what it said and I dont know where I got the info.
Having looked at various messages and it appears the only place to see admons for this time is at the PRO (sorry NA).  I have been to Kew a couple of times in the dim and distant past but I am recently certain that I was not doing this particular research at this time.

Is there really no other place to see ?  LDS film perhaps although I cant find anything on the catalogue, but then I never can!!

cheers  Ed

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Help with a copy of a copy.
« on: Thursday 19 April 12 10:28 BST (UK)  »
I know that many of you like to have your talents stretched.  Can you please help with this, which is a photo copy of a scan and the copy itself has become damaged.  I have no access to the original which has now been lost  this is the wedding photo of my late brother and his wife which I would like to see in better condition.  As you can see this was a wartime marriage.  The sepia is my own miserable effort.


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Help to restore damaged photo
« on: Saturday 14 April 12 10:26 BST (UK)  »
A friend asked me to help with this photo which she has carried in her purse for 20 years.
I thought that I could produce something printable for her but have failed miserably.
I would be grateful for some helpt.  Unfortunately I do not have the original now so I hope this copy will be O)K for the experts here.l


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Perhaps a hopeless tak
« on: Thursday 11 March 10 04:54 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all.

have this scan from one of those old positive things from the seaside, looks like a negative but is pos  thespotting is because of the detereoration of the metal plate, an of course bad storage.

Can anything be done with this ?

Sorry my previous post included the photo as much too large.
hopefully have done the job properly this time.


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